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10 of the Best Places to Visit by a Gatlinburg Trolley

DATE : July 9, 2017

One of the easiest and most inexpensive ways to get around the town of Gatlinburg is by trolley. Ranging between 50 cents and 2 dollars for each trip, the trolley can take you and your family or friends to a variety of different Gatlinburg hotspots. Here are 10 of the best places to visit by a Gatlinburg Trolley.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Running from June to October, the Tan Route of the Gatlinburg trolley system goes through Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Costing $2.00 round trip for each passenger, the trolley stops at a number of different places in the park, from the Sugarland Visitor Center, to the Laurel Falls Parking Area, to the Elkmont Campground, and more.

You can either stay on the trolley and enjoy the nice views, or get off at a stop and do a little exploring. It’s one of the best ways to experience America’s most visited national park. All in all, the trip takes around 1 ½ hours.

Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies
Located on the parkway in downtown Gatlinburg, Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies can be reached by the Green Route trolley for 50 cents per passenger each each way. Departures for this trolley occur around every 30 minutes.

Ripley’s Aquarium is one of the finest attractions in all of Gatlinburg, and is filled with aquatic animals from rays, to jellyfish, to sharks, and more. Regardless of your age, you will be blown away by this incredible collection of sea creatures.

Gatlinburg Arts & Crafts Community
The Gatlinburg Arts & Crafts Community has an entire trolley line dedicated to it. Costing $1.00 per passenger for an all-day pass, the Yellow Route of the trolley departs around every one hour. To board this trolley, you must wait at the Gatlinburg Mass Transit Center at traffic light #5.

The Arts & Crafts Community is located along an 8-mile loop which features a bevy of artisan shops, exhibits, and galleries. Whether you want to buy some candles, jewelry, pottery, or a variety of other items, you can find what you’re looking for in the Gatlinburg Arts & Crafts Community.

Like the Gatlinburg Arts and Crafts Community, Dollywood has an entire trolley route dedicated to it. Costing $1.00 each way, the Pink Route departs from the Gatlinburg Mass Transit Center at traffic light #5 around every hour. Stops on this route include a stop at the Dollywood Information Center, Dollywood itself, and a number of others.

Located in Pigeon Forge, Dollywood is an excellent theme park which is home to roller coasters, carnival rides, festival games, and much, much more. Named after country music legend Dolly Parton, it’s the premier amusement park in the state of Tennessee.

Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts
Located on the parkway in downtown Gatlinburg, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts can be reached by literally any Gatlinburg trolley route. This means that it can be accessed for a price of anywhere between 50 cents and 2 dollars.

The school is a cultural center of Smoky Mountain art and expression where students take classes and display intriguing art pieces. If you’re interested in visual art or artistic expression in general, you have to make a stop at the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts.

Ober Gatlinburg
An iconic ski area and amusement park in Gatlinburg, Ober Gatlinburg is located on the downtown Gatlinburg parkway. However, it can’t be reached by trolley alone. Once you arrive to the park by trolley, you will need to take the aerial tramway in order to reach it. This 2.1-mile aerial car will afford you some of the most awesome views of the Smokies that you’ll ever come across.

The best way to get to the aerial tramway is by taking the Green Route trolley for 50 cents per trip per passenger. If you’re into skiing or exceptional views, it’s a trip that you won’t want to miss.

Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine
Looking to get your drink on appalachian style? If so, you need to take the trolley down to Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine on the parkway in downtown Gatlinburg. Reachable via the Green Route, each trip costs 50 cents per passenger.

Ole Smoky offers an awesome collection of moonshine coming in a number of different flavors. One of the coolest things about Ole Smoky is that they offer moonshine tastings, allowing you to sample several of their best flavors. If you’re looking to consume some alcohol, Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine is a good place to start.

Hollywood Star Cars Museum
Located on the parkway in downtown Gatlinburg, Hollywood Star Cars Museum is home to around 40 cars which were featured in television and movies. If you’re into television and movie history, or just cars in general, it’s a really awesome place to experience. Some of the cars on display are the Beverly Hillbillies car, the 1966 Batmobile, and many, many more.

This museum can be reached by taking the Green Route trolley down to the parkway. This will cost 50 cents per passenger per ride, and will also put you in close proximity to a number of other attractions.

Ripley’s Moving Theater
Ripley’s rules Gatlinburg. One of the many great Ripley’s attractions located in the city is Ripley’s Moving Theater. This is a 3D ride equipped with motion seats which allows you to get a huge taste of virtual reality.

Located on the parkway in downtown Gatlinburg, the Moving Theater can be reached via the Green Route trolley. If you’re looking for an exciting experience, Ripley’s Moving Theater will more than likely give it to you.

Shoot’em Up Cinema
Located on the parkway in downtown Gatlinburg, Shoot’em Up Cinema is a fun interactive theater experience which is fun for people of all ages. Making use of special effects and virtual guns, participants get to shoot at “bad guys” who appear on the movie screen.

Situated right next to Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine, the theater can be reached via the Green Route trolley. If you’ve got kids, we highly recommend taking them to this fun and exciting theater.